Current / Recent Events
2017 Waco Wild West 100 Bike Tour
HOTARC provided radio communications in support of this annual event sponsored by the Waco Bicycle Club that involves several hundred participants and volunteers. This year's WWW100 was held Saturday, October 7, 2017, starting in Indian Springs Park in downtown Waco at 8:00 am. This day-long event accommodates riders of many abilities with courses of varied lengths: 9-mi map, 27-mi map, 53-mi map, 68-mi map, and 103-mi map—all of which are supported by rest stops, SAG vehicles, and—radio communications.
This event requires many volunteers in the pace cars and at the many rest stops around the course. Amateur radio operators at the rest stops permit relaying of timely progress information as well as break-downs and injuries, need for supplies, and so forth. APRS trackers send GPS data back to the trailer allowing us to see the movements and current location of these significant vehicles, such as the 100-mi pace car and SAG vehicles.
Although this event is well "planned," there are still plenty of surprises for us every year, and it is an excellent training opportunity for a real disaster that would require radio communications from remote locations—all reporting vital information back to and coordinating with a Net Control. This year Jim Stovall KG5KGV coordinated the scheduling and assignments for HOTARC volunteers.
For those interested, here's how we configure the APRS trackers for special event tracking (well documented for the 2015 event), and the course map files (zip) used by the APRSIS program. (Note: Easy to install; harder to setup and use. Allow a couple weeks to learn!)
See our Special Events Archive for previous runnings of the WWW100 (aka WWWC).
HOTARC Field Day Archive (including *PSA's)
A collection of info and photos from Field Days gone by...
Special Events Archive
A collection of info and photos from some other special events we've done.
Boy Scout Radio Merit Badge
Materials we have used to help young Scouts earn their Radio merit badge.
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